We moved on to El Granada (near Half Moon Bay on the coast) to visit with our friends from Wealthy Winos, a very fun but short-lived investment and wine club from the late 90"s. It turns out that Peter & Peggi were in town from Denver and that Tom's 65th birthday was upon us, so...you guessed it, a surprise Party was in order. Steve & Sarah hosted the big event. Great food, drink and conversation. During the evening we also got to see some of the locals, a male and female deer that hang-out in Steve and Sarah’s back yard.
|Doe resting in back yard during Tom's birthday party. A buck was resting around the corner.|
We enjoyed our brief visit with Grant and Sue who hosted us the first night, then we moved over to Steve & Sarah's, who were also hosting Peter & Peggi. In the afternoon we hiked over to and around the bluffs, including the area that overlooks the famous surfing wave, Mavericks.
|Fresh sardines, just off the boat. Yum!|
Note: This is not a bw photo. It just appears to be.
|View of Devil's Slide area from our hiking trail|
|Marc & Alison at the winery (the main facility other than the vineyard, is this shipping container that Marc buried into the hillside. Yep, the winery is basically one big shipping container. Very compact but it works.)|
|The wine may be for personal/friend's/family consumption,|
but they have a nice label
We had dinner with Marc - barbecue, several of his 2013 wines (really good) and a few items we picked up during the day.
On our way back to Los Altos we visited Pat Li. She is now a docent in-training at the De Young Art Museum and was an amazing tour guide for the Legion of Honor museum. Later we went to Pat’s place for a lunch of Chinese dumplings, spinach and Chinese cole slaw. Pat is not only a great friend, she is an amazing chef. She lives at Candlestick Point. After lunch we took a walk along the shore and saw the construction/development where Candlestick Park (former baseball and football park) used to be.
|Cabinet on Stand - 17 C French at the Legion of Honor Museum|
At Pat's GSB 30th reunion we saw old friends, shared experiences, attended talks by celebrated professors, and generally had a good time. Pat found it so much easier to "take notes" these days. One snap of the iPhone camera every now and then is all that is needed. Oh and it might help to sit up front so the photos aren't blurry.
|Note taking in the new world|
The final event of the reunion was brunch at the home of one of Pat's classmates. Clearly Jeff, the owner, has worked hard to be so successful because his wife wrote a message to him (and friends) on the bathroom wall of their elegantly decorated home. See below.
We stayed one night in Aptos (on the coast near Santa Cruz) with Liz (mother-in-law of Emily our San Miguel hair dresser) & her husband Chris, Their house is located near the beach and we got to see the windy end of a heavy storm plus we enjoyed the good cooking and conversation.
The next day started off hazy but when it burned off we were treated to beautiful surf scenes. First, a short walk along the beach in Aptos. Then we were off to Carmel by the Sea to see Heather and Scott. We stopped in Pacific Grove along the bay to view the great waves and have some lunch in town.
|The morning after the storm was quite nice on the beach|
|The surf along the shore in Pacific Grove was quite impressive, even the sea gull is admiring the waves|
We had a sunny day for our drive Cambria. We managed to take two hikes, have lunch at Nepenthe, and took many photos along Big Sur. We also stopped to see some of the local artisanal works, encountered an auto tour of updated classic cars, and appreciated the growing numbers of Elephant Seals in the area.
|Along Big Sur (above & below)|
|Pat framed by redwoods along the hiking trail|
|A few of the cars on the tour|
|Elephant seals. We liked the action in the top left, appreciated the choreography of the lower left,|
as well as,the overall scene.
From Cambria we headed on to Woodland Hills (LA area) to visit with Dave & Shelly. Dinner was at the home of their son Scott and wife Corlis and their daughters Nora & Quin. They have a small farm on a hilltop near Burbank. They share the farm with 1 llama, 5-6 goats, and 3 horses. Scott's daytime job is with Google.
Saturday we were off to the wine country around Solvang for some tasting with Dimitri & Alla, friends of Dave and Shelly that we met several years ago. We had dinner at Trattoria Grappolo, very nice Italian food. (Actually we ended up staying two nights with Dimitri & Alla because just a day before our arrival in Woodland Hills, there was a minor spa catastrophe at Dave & Shelly's. There was severe flooding and in the early stages of repair, the house looked like a war zone. So many thanks to Dimitri & Alla, and good luck to Dave & Shelly.)
On Sunday, we took a walk around the house Dave had found on AirBnB. The place can be rented complete with facilities for horses. On our walk we encountered various trails, horses, corrals, ...
We started our Sunday tasting with a unique combination of cookies and wine pairing at the Loring Wine Company. The cookies were tasty but also more savory than sweet, clearly to work better with the wines. Later, after shopping for a picnic lunch, the four of us headed to another winery, Demetria, where they provided tastings and live music to accompany our picnic. We went to Aly's for dinner, quite nice French cuisine.
|Oh so true...|
|At Loring Woine Company...cookie & wine pairing|
|Descriptions of the wines & cookies.|